Politics and International Relations BA 2021/22 entry

Clearing 2021

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Course code:

L210

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
4-6 years part-time
Flexible part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021
January 2022

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

AHU072

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
4-6 years part-time
Flexible part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021
January 2022

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Interested in how countries are governed and decisions made? Interested in what shapes foreign policies and how national and international political events and practices impact people locally? Interested in how social movements impact politics globally? Then Politics and International Relations should appeal to you.

The course includes a range of modules on British, American, European, African and Middle Eastern politics and provides you with a deeper understanding of the rationale and value of peaceful and cooperative relations between nations and people. It also teaches you how the world is becoming increasingly more connected and how this impacts on governments and their agencies, multinational companies, international organizations, non-governmental organisations, and you.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

COVID-19

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

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Course information

Politics and International Relations are highly interconnected academic disciplines, concerned with overlapping questions of power, government, decision-making, conflict, peace, foreign policy, democracy, human rights, social movements and political ideologies. Throughout your degree, you will study these issues, both in relation to the internal workings of different political systems and their external relations in the contemporary global system. Through a rich programme of modules, you will learn about the politics and international relations of the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans, the US, Europe and China.

 

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Your first year sets the foundation for the study of Politics and International Relations, at both country-specific and global levels.

Modules

  • Themes and Concepts in International Relations

  • Introduction to Political Theory

  • Politics in Action

  • World Politics since 1945

  • Introduction to International Relations Theories

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In the second year, you will study a range of topics that should deepen and widen your understanding of political systems, political ideas, international relations, conflict and security and foreign policy analysis. Focus will turn to contemporary issues and events, examining a range of real-life case studies to illustrate the challenges of government policy and the key role of civil society and non-state actors.

Modules

  • Contemporary Global Security

  • Foreign Policy Analysis

  • Comparative Politics

  • Contemporary British Government

  • A Graduate Career

  • Optional modules:

    • International Political Economy
    • Humanitarian Intervention and Peacekeeping
    • The Contemporary Far Right in Western Europe

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

After your second year, you have an opportunity to take a placement year, studying abroad or on professional placement.

If you wish, you can take the Professional Placement module or the Study abroad module which both typically run for a full academic year between years 2 and 3. You can progress onto the relevant module if you have successfully completed the first two years of the course (i.e. accumulated 240 credits) and provided you confirm your interest in undertaking this option before the end of your second year.

While the sandwich year modules you undertake are non-credit bearing and do not incur any additional tuition fees. If successfully completed, these modules will appear on your final academic transcript. In addition, if you complete this year, you will also gain an enhanced degree award title as the additional suffix of “With Professional Enhancement” if you’ve gone on a work placement and “With International Enhancement” if you’ve gone on a study abroad programme will be added.

Our Talent Team can provide you with a wide range of support services in order to help you apply for a placement opportunity.

Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure you fully understand the requirements, please contact the International Office.

Past students have studied in Australia, the United States, South Korea, France, Sweden and the Netherlands.

Modules

  • Placement Year Module

  • Study Abroad Year Module

Overview

In your final year you will have the opportunity to specialize your knowledge, choosing from a range of optional modules on the Middle East, the US, China and Central and Eastern Europe. You may also choose a Study Trip module and write a dissertation on a topic of your own free choice.

Modules

  • Political Ideologies in the 20th Century

  • Ethics and International Relations

  • Dissertation

  • Optional modules

    • United States' Foreign Policy since 1945
    • Politics of the Contemporary Middle East
    • US Government and Politics
    • Study Trip
    • Chinese Politics, Foreign Relations and Security
    • Nationalism and Democracy in Post-Communist Europe

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

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In more detail...

  • Academic staff who are actively engaged in high quality research that informs their teaching and who are qualified lecturers with members of staff being fellows and senior fellows of AdvanceHE.
  • Events and conferences featuring national and international politicians and dignitaries (subject to availability and additional costs).
  • An exciting and modern course that examines the key political issues of the modern world.
  • Multidisciplinary teaching with experts from national and international politics, history, global security and social theory.
  • An intellectually challenging course that encourages you to sharpen your analytical skills and engage with issues of vital concern for today’s world.
  • The opportunity to focus on specific themes such as North American, European, East Asian, and Middle Eastern politics, social movements or global security as you progress through your course.
  • The opportunity to apply for an international experience with international staff, an international curriculum and the options of an overseas field trip, and / or study abroad or overseas placement (subject to availability, competitive application, meeting visa requirements and additional costs) .
  • The opportunity to develop advanced professional skills such as the ability to think independently and creatively, to advance sophisticated arguments and to communicate ideas confidently as enquired by potential employers.
  • Coventry University has received the prestigious ‘Gold award’ in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Your main study themes are:

  • International relations: You will have the opportunity to learn to see and understand the world from perspectives and positions you may not agree with to raise your socio-political and cultural awareness, as well as your empathy for difference. We examine three major themes that underpin the development of international relations in the 21st century: globalisation, power and order. We consider globalisation and its impact, especially the issue of whether the state is declining as the central entity in world politics, given the rise and significance of non-state actors. We will also look at the nature of power and how it is exercised in a changing world, for example, how military power is responding to the fact terrorism now represents as much, if not more, of a threat than conventional war. We will also examine how international legal rules and organisations, such as the United Nations, are trying to limit conflict. We will have the opportunity to debate some of the ethical problems that are emerging, including the uneven distribution of gains and losses, the conflicting loyalties we might have to co-nationals and foreigners, the ethics of conflict, the problem of cross-border and trans-generational harm, and climate change.
  • Politics: We study political institutions and behaviour post World War II, examining the theories associated with political systems and institutions that form the framework for political life. The major focus will be on the ways individuals and groups react to and behave within the political framework of the Nation State, including political participation, political communication and the expression of interests. We will draw on a set of global contemporary case studies to reflect the variety of political systems. We will consider the foreign policy ‘problem’, assessing the ways in which national political systems experience and cope with challenges arising from their involvement in international affairs.

The course normally lasts three years when studied full-time and four to six years part-time. Teaching commences in September.

Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars, tutorials, workshops, online discussions and web-based activities. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

The teaching and learning environment is shaped by staff who have recognised authority in their fields and will bring you up-to-date with their research and the latest political thought. For example, in some modules foreign policy simulation exercises are being used to explore theoretical models of foreign policy decision making. These exercises are informed by staff experience of working with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Iraq. You’ll have the opportunity to go on exciting international fieldtrips for example, to Belgium, the Netherlands, and Italy, as well as local trips to places like the Royal Shakespeare Company, the slavery museum in Liverpool, or the Houses Of Parliament in London (subject to application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements. Additional costs may also apply). Our excellent professional links with international organisations and institutions like Chatham House enable us to host an exciting programme of with diplomats, officials from criminal justice and law enforcement, academics, and journalists as guest speakers, covering topics with relevance to our degree, including global terrorism and organised crime, American government, or China’s new Silk Road project. .

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods have previously included coursework, podcasts, posters presentations and examinations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

On successful completion, you will have knowledge of:

  • The origins and character of different political systems.
  • The origins and character of the contemporary international system.
  • The key issues, institutions and processes that determine international relations.
  • The methods and approaches employed in the study of international relations.

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Identify accurately the issue(s) which need researching and retrieve up-to-date disciplined based information using paper and electronic sources.
  • Locate a range of information sources, to gather and marshal relevant evidence successfully.
  • Review critically, synthesise and debate evidence collected by research.
  • Construct fair, coherent and convincing arguments utilising the relevant key concepts and approaches in the discipline of politics and international relations. .
  • Analyse problems, take decisions, be creative and show initiative.
  • Work independently with increasing self-confidence and to reflect upon the process of learning.
  • Work within a group, to negotiate, to learn from others and to lead an activity.
  • Manage time effectively, to set objectives and to evaluate the performance of oneself and others.
  • Develop and debate ideas and to sustain arguments effectively both orally and in written form.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: a tutorial each week.
  • Medium group teaching: practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: lectures each week.

This course has an inherently international perspective, however, to further enhance your opportunity to gain an international experience, we will provide support for you to spend a year studying abroad or on placement and organise an annual overseas study trip (subject to additional costs, availability, application and meeting any applicable visa requirements). For example, previous students spent a week Brussels and The Hague to learn more about the European Union, NATO, and the International Court of Justice. Students also travelled to Sicily to examine how anti-mafia organisations have been working to combat organised crime.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2018/19, we provided a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

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Additional requirements may apply

Haven't met the entry requirements or don’t have the right qualifications? You may still be able to progress onto a degree you’d love by studying a foundation or access course.

View our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page. You can also explore our International foundation year courses.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£9,250 (per year)


January 2022

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a variety of scholarships and bursaries to students at Coventry University to help fund the cost of your study. Eligibility may depend on your circumstances and academic achievement.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£15,000 (per year)


January 2022

£15,000 (per year)


Scholarships and bursaries

There are a number of scholarships available to international students at Coventry University. EU students may be eligible for a transition bursary.

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

This course may be subject to incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas. This course may incur additional costs associated with any equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire.

Reduced course fees for EU students

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students who are starting their course in September 2021 and onwards will be classified as an international student. To support our EU community who are affected by this change, Coventry University are providing an EU Member State Transition Bursary.

Students ordinarily domiciled in an EU Member State who prior to the 2021/22 academic intake qualified for UK fees (home fee status), are eligible for the EU Member State Transition Bursary. This will bring fee levels for those students across the Group into line with those of UK students for courses starting in the 2021/22 academic year.

Review more details on our EU Member State Transition Award/Bursary page.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

In a globalised world where companies increasingly do business across national boundaries, you can benefit from an in-depth understanding of the international landscape, gaining an insight appealing to many employers. This course is informed by up-to-date research and provides knowledge on issues that are at the forefront of the disciplines of Politics and International Relations and enables you to develop a wide range of skills that are highly valued by employers.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities have their own Creative Futures unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and aims to give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

As this is a new course there are no recent graduates.

However recent graduates from our BA International Relations course are now employed in the private sector, ranging from marketing, human resources, banking, and finance to media, and across the public sector in education, the civil service, police forces, local authorities, charities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and international organisations.

They work for a range of organisations, including the Houses of Parliament, BUPA Healthcare, BMI Healthcare, Barclays, HSBC, Amazon, National Crime Agency, BBC, West Midlands Police/Transport Police, European Union, Atlas Copco, GlaxoSmithKline, Grant Thornton, IPSOS Mori, European Parliament, NHS, Commonwealth, Amnesty International and Greenpeace.

In addition, some of our students set up in business for themselves, which range from youth mentoring, learning and development workshop delivery, logistics and creative industries.

Some of our previous students from our Politics BA course have secured graduate-level jobs in the Civil Service, international organisations, local government, the media, private sector companies, the culture industry, further and higher education teaching and non-government organisations (NGOs).

What our students say

You can talk to lecturers at any time both in and out of office hours. The best thing about being at Coventry is the student community, there is always something going on and the perks such as CGE and Add Vantage modules.

Sabrina, Final year student (2020)
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2021/22 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.